Thanks Scott, for the tip. But your last statement raises a question: is there anyway to prevent a picture-in-* window? Let's say you're recording two sporting events and want to start watching one or both before they're finished. You turn on the HR20, and, bam!, there's one of the games on your screen, even after you switch to MyVOD. A premature score-u-lation will most certainly result. After originally not liking it, I came to like the TiVo's lack of any "live" display unless you specifically selected it.
I agree and this is a critical use case for me. All I do is record games it seems. I think there may be a solution, but I am not sure. I just got the HR20 and unfortunately, it looks like the hard drive is defective so they will be sending me a new unit, so I can only test it when I get it. I hope it works, otherwise I will be reverting to my HR10, solely based on the above problem.
Anyway, here is what I think should be possible. Before you turn on the TV, press LIST-SELECT-SELECT.
LIST should get you to the first myVOD screen, with the most recent show highlighted
The first SELECT should get you to the info screen for that show
The second SELECT should start that game from the beginning which should be OK.
You should then be able to hit PAUSE, then LIST to navigate to the show you actually want to start. I am hoping that at that point all you see in the preview window is the frozen frame from the beginning of one of the games.
Now if the most recent game in myVOD is the second of a back to backer on the same channel and the first one may have gone over the originally scheduled time, you still risk seeing the end of the first game. In that case, hit the DOWN button several times after hitting LIST. Then hit SELECT. (so LIST-DOWN-DOWN-DOWN-...-SELECT-SELECT). This should get you to the beginning of a show on myVOD that is safe from spoilers. You can then hit PAUSE-LIST to pause this show and navigate to the show that you really want to watch without a spoiler.
It's more complicated than just hitting the DIRECTV button to see the "Now Playing" list on the HR10, but I really hope it would work. I would stand right in front of the unit while doing this to make sure all the commands "take".
I wish I could try it. If someone tries does, could they please post whether it works?
Satster (first post, new to the forum.)